BRAWLEY – There was no doubt the Brawley Little League 11-12 year olds were hungry for a win, especially against the defending champs, Calexico, Wednesday night at Volunteer Field in Brawley.
After a 6-2 win, Brawley Manager Alex Torrez said, â€œIt was a great game, a great battle. Our boys just showed a little more heart than the other team. Weâ€™ve been waiting for a long time, we have lost to Calexico two years in a row, but we won when it counted.â€
Brawley boys played tough against Calexico, taking an early lead of 3-0. It wasnâ€™t until the third inning that they allowed Calexico a run and that was by a power homerun hit by Luis Garcia.
The strength of Brawleyâ€™s pitching, lead by Kristian Garcia and relieved by fireball Nathan Torrez, kept Calexico at bay, striking out many batters while the infield easily handled any hits.
â€œWe are full of Â strengths, we donâ€™t really have a weakness, we have really good bats, our defense is solid, and our pitching is awesome,â€ Torrez said. â€œFor pitching, we have a lot of horses in the stable, I wasnâ€™t done, we had a lot more pitching we could have thrown at them.â€
Brawleyâ€™s batters were led by Aaron Rubalcaba, Damien Garcia, Ray Lizarraga, Kristian Garcia, and Jonathan Gonzales.
Brawley moves up to play the winners of District 66 in San Diego.
Torrez said, â€œWe do have a challenge in front of us. Of course they are going to be the best of the league up there. We are moving up and Iâ€™m looking forward to the challenge.â€
â€œWe arenâ€™t changing our strategy, we have strengths, we just have to go out there and focus, play ball like we know how, and minimize the mistakes,â€ Torrez added.